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Regional Economic Outlook, Middle East and Central Asia, October 2014

by International Monetary Fund. Midd Dept.

This issue discusses economic developments in the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan (MENAP), which continue to reflect the diversity of conditions prevailing across the region. Most high-income...


Guyana: 2013 Article IV Consultation - Staff Report; Press Release

by International Monetary Fund. West Dept.

The economy has experienced seven consecutive years of robust growth, buoyed by high commodity prices, foreign direct investment and expansion of private sector credit. As part of a strategy to sustain growth,...


Saudi Arabia: 2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release

by International Monetary Fund. Midd Dept.

KEY ISSUES Context. Saudi Arabia's economy has grown very strongly in recent years, benefitting from high oil prices and output, strong private sector activity, and government spending. It has played a systemic...


Sri Lanka : 2014 Article IV Consultation and Second Post-Program Monitoring Discussion-Staff Report; Press Release

by International Monetary Fund. Asia Dept

KEY ISSUES Context. Macroeconomic performance has generally exceeded expectations. Real GDP grew 7.3 percent for 2013, up from 6.3 percent in 2012. Inflation declined to below 5 percent, and the external current...


Guinea : Requests for Disbursement Under the Rapid Credit Facility and for Modification of Performance Criteria Under the Extended Credit Facility Arr

by International Monetary Fund. Afri Dept.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Guinea is suffering from an outbreak of Ebola, which has become a humanitarian crisis with a significant economic impact. Preliminary estimates suggest a negative impact on 2014 growth, which...


Sierra Leone : Ad Hoc Review Under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement and Request for Augmentation of Access and Modification of Performance Cri

by International Monetary Fund. Afri Dept.

KEY ISSUES Background. The Ebola outbreak that started in one district in late May has spread to the entire country, overwhelming already weak institutions and ill-equipped medical facilities. At end-August,...


Iceland: Technical Assistance Report-Modernizing the Icelandic VAT

by International Monetary Fund. Fisc Dept.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Iceland's government, elected in 2013, is conducting a general review of its tax policy with a view toward making it more efficient and less distortionary.1 To this end, it has targeted VAT...


Dams and Development in China: The Moral Economy of Water and Power

by Bryan Tilt

China is home to half of the world’s large dams and adds dozens more each year. The benefits are considerable: dams deliver hydropower, provide reliable irrigation water, protect people and farmland against...


The Future of Europe: Democracy, Legitimacy and Justice After the Euro Crisis

by Serge Champeau, Carlos Closa & Daniel INNERARITY

A major collection of essays by a multidisciplinary panel of experts exploring the various interpretations of the European crisis and the future of the European Union.


Genomics and the Reimagining of Personalized Medicine

by Richard Tutton

A rigorous, critical examination of the promises of genomics to transform the economics and delivery of medicine, Genomics and the Reimagining of Personalized Medicine examines the consequences of the shift...


What Adam Smith Knew: Moral Lessons on Capitalism from Its Greatest Champions and Fiercest Opponents

by James R. Otteson

What exactly is capitalism, and why do its advocates support it? What are the main objections to capitalism that have been raised by its critics? Are there moral reasons to support capitalism, or to oppose it?...


Inside the Banking Crisis

by Hugh Pym

It was one of the gravest challenges faced by any British government in peacetime. The banking system, taken for granted by most of the population to pay for life's essentials, came close to collapse. Yet nobody...


Revolutionary Subjectivity in Post-Marxist Thought: Laclau, Negri, Badiou

by Oliver Harrison

Since the onset of the Global Financial Crisis the ideas of Karl Marx have once again become prominent in social and political thought. This book turns to Marx’s theory of revolutionary subjectivity as a means...


Gunn Sights: Taking Aim on Selling in the High-Stakes Industry of International Aerospace

by Tom Gunn

Tom Gunn had a life-altering career change in 1975 when he went from an eight-year stint as staff lawyer with the U.S. Senate to a job in aerospace sales and marketing at McDonnell Douglas. He knew a lot about...


Chad : Request for a Three-Year Arrangement Under the Extended Credit Facility-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Executive Director fo

by International Monetary Fund. Afri Dept.

KEY ISSUES Context: Chad is a fragile country with weak institutional capacity that needs to manage volatile and exhaustible oil revenues prudently to tackle its large development needs. Chad is enjoying a period...


Switzerland:Detailed Assessment of Implementation-IOSCO Objectives and Principles of Securities Regulation

by International Monetary Fund. Department

In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after...


Austria : Selected Issues

by International Monetary Fund. Euro Dept.

In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after...


The Future and Its Enemies: The Growing Conflict Over Creativity, Enterprise,

by Virginia Postrel

Today we have greater wealth, health, opportunity, and choice than at any time in history. Yet a chorus of intellectuals and politicians laments our current condition -- as slaves to technology, coarsened by...


The Islamic Republic of Iran: Reflections on an Emerging Economy

by Jahangir Amuzegar

This title provides an in depth study of Iran's post 1979 Revolution economy under the Islamic Republic, with new material and related journal articles combined under one roof in a novel and reader friendly...


What Would Ben Say?: Poorer Richard's America

by Tom Blair & Tom Brokaw

What would Ben Franklin say if he could see us today? For decades, Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanack provided sage advice and commentary on eighteenth-century America. Now, a modern businessman...